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Monday 12 November 2018

Beatlemania: The Fab Four's single riotous visit to Ireland is remembered

Fans meet John, Paul, George and Ringo
Fans meet John, Paul, George and Ringo
Gardaí hold back the screaming crowds on November 7, 1963
Pete Brennan from Beatles Ireland and Gay Byrne at the unveiling ceremony for the plaque marking the visit in Middle Abbey Street, Dublin
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

The only two concerts ever performed by The Beatles in Ireland have been commemorated with a special plaque.

John, Paul, George and Ringo brought Beatlemania to Dublin 55 years ago with two concerts in one day at the old Adelphi Cinema on Middle Abbey Street.

On the night of November 7, 1963 they caused chaos as thousands of young, screaming fans descended on the venue to catch a glimpse of their idols.

This was despite the fact that the 2,300 tickets for two capacity shows - one at 6.30pm and another at 9pm - had long sold out.

Unfortunately, as the fans from the first show filed out of the venue on a manic high, they encountered those eagerly queuing for the second show and madness ensued.

Fifty extra gardaí were drafted in to keep order.

At least one car was overturned, a taxi driver pulled from his car, and fire engines reportedly tried to calm the manic throng by ringing their bells.

Following the concerts, the foursome escaped the mayhem in the back of an 'Evening Herald' delivery van to return to their hotel, The Gresham, all but a stone's throw away. Dublin Lord Mayor Niall Ring unveiled the plaque.

Irish Independent

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